Kia all however validated to carwow that an SUV based upon the Ceed will sign up with the line-up, when we spoke to the company at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. There will be an SW-badged estate and trendy shooting brake on the way too. The as-yet-unnamed SUV will squeeze in between the Stonic and Sportage in both size and cost, and is expected to be exposed in a year or two before going on sale in late 2019.
If the Ceed SUV shares the sharp styling of the upgraded Ceed hatchback– on sale in mid-2018– then it’ll be quite a good-looking thing. Anticipate the Ceed’s Stinger-inspired front end, complete with that pinched ‘tiger-nose’ grille, to be tweaked and made bigger, and it’s likely to retain a comparable shape and window line to the basic Ceed.
Some critics have called the styling of the Stonic too plain, and the Sportage has also received blended reviews. The Ceed SUV might strike a fine balance between the 2 and offer a more flamboyant style than some other mid-size SUVs– in a market as crowded as this, and with a lot of competent alternatives, the Ceed SUV will need to look good. While there will be greater ground clearance and rugged-looking touches such as black plastic wheel arches, it’ll look more restrained than such cars as the Hyundai Kona.
Kia has taken the Ceed hatchback upmarket with its new model, with a totally upgraded interior. The Ceed SUV will likely have a cabin that is extremely comparable, if not similar, which implies a sleeker centre console with a new touchscreen infotainment system poking up from the dashboard.
The Ceed SUV will have a taller and larger body than the car on which it’ll be based, so it may be the one to go for if you’re vertically gifted. That said, the 2018 Ceed has significantly more head and legroom than the outbound model, recommending that you won’t be left wanting for space in either car.
If you ‘d like extra boot space over the Ceed however cannot see yourself in the Ceed SW estate, the SUV will certainly be worth considering. Anticipate around 460 litres of boot area– that ‘d be an additional 65 litres over the hatchback, and around ten litres more than the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. It’s unlikely to have as much boot capacity as cars such as the Peugeot 3008 due to the fact that it’s set to be smaller sized– the Sportage is a more direct alternative to cars like that. However, the boot is likely to have lots of smart, well-thought-out features, such as an adjustable boot flooring that’ll make it simpler to pack.
In the Ceed hatchback, the engine range consists of a 120hp 1.0-litre petrol, a 140hp 1.4-litre gas and a 1.6-litre diesel with power outputs of 115hp and 136hp. All these will be offered on the SUV, with possibly a bigger engine signing up with the line-up– possibly the 174hp 1.6-litre turbo gas available on the Sportage.
Unlike the Stonic, the Ceed SUV is likely to have a four-wheel-drive choice. It won’t have the ability to match a Land Rover’s off-road abilities and would only be offered on the most expensive models, but it’ll use an additional bit of security through the worst winter weather.
Kia has simply verified that it’ll develop a Ceed SUV, so we are at least a year from seeing a car that’s nearly ready to go on sale. It’s expected to go on sale towards completion of 2019 or early in 2020, and will start from someplace near the ₤ 18,000 mark. Top-spec four-wheel-drive models will command almost ₤ 30,000 before options.